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Type: Journal article
Title: Signal to background interference in pp → tH⁻ → tW⁻b¯b at the LHC Run II
Other Titles: Signal to background interference in pp -> tH(-) -> tW(-)b -bar b at the LHC Run II
Author: Arhrib, A.
Benbrik, R.
Moretti, S.
Santos, R.
Sharma, P.
Citation: Physical Review D, 2018; 97(7):075037-1-075037-17
Publisher: American Physical Society
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2470-0010
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Abdesslam Arhrib, Rachid Benbrik, Stefano Moretti, Rui Santos, and Pankaj Sharma
Abstract: We investigate in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) environment the possibility that sizeable interference effects between a heavy charged Higgs boson signal produced via bg→tH− (+c.c.) scattering and decaying via H−→W−A→W−b¯b (+c.c.) and the irreducible background given by bg→tW−b¯b topologies could spoil current search approaches where the former and latter channels are treated separately. The rationale for this comes from the fact that a heavy charged Higgs state can have a large width, which can also happen for the CP-odd neutral Higgs state emerging in the ensuing decays, which in turn enables such interferences. We conclude that effects are very significant, both at the inclusive and exclusive level (i.e., both before and after H± selection cuts are enforced, respectively) and typically of a destructive nature. This, therefore, implies that currently established LHC reaches for heavy charged Higgs bosons require some level of rescaling. However, this is possible a posteriori, as the aforementioned H± selection cuts shape the interference contributions at the differential level in a way similar to that of the isolated H± signal, so there is no need to reassess the efficiency of the individual cuts. We show such effects quantitatively by borrowing benchmark points from different Yukawa types of a 2-Higgs doublet model parameter space for H± values starting from around 200 GeV.
Description: Published 27 April 2018
Rights: Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published
RMID: 0030090381
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.97.075037
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